May 30, 2016

How To Use Ceiling Fans for Year Round Comfort, Savings

People often wonder which ceiling fans to install. There are so many models and prices, leaving some to wonder if they can help cut energy costs. People typically think of fans only for summertime comfort and lower air-conditioning costs. Ceiling fans … [Read more...]

Clean Power Plan Update

As a result of a Feb. 9 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, the State of Michigan has stopped efforts on its development of a plan to meet the demands of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). The CPP is a federal regulatory … [Read more...]

Down Home Comfort

Using the earth for heating and cooling makes sense. There’s a movement afoot, but don’t worry—the ground isn’t shaking. It is quietly heating and cooling tens of thousands of homes and commercial buildings across Michigan with ground-source—or … [Read more...]

Keeping Your Pets, Energy Budget Comfortable!

Pet owners often assume their indoor pets want the same level of cooling and heating as the rest of the family. However, most dogs and cats can be comfortable with a wider range of temperatures. Those with unique pets, like birds or lizards, may need to … [Read more...]

Saving Energy In The Kitchen

Most of us spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Whether you are considering replacing an appliance or simply looking for ways to be more efficient, here are some tips to help you save energy—and money. Most people don’t think about their refrigerator … [Read more...]

Balancing Temps in a Two-Story Home

Even with the newest heat pump systems there can still be problems keeping all the rooms in your home comfortable. Someone is always too hot or too cold, particularly in a two-story home. Unless you install an expensive zone-control system with multiple … [Read more...]

Maintain Your Home’s Heating System Efficiency

With the heating season soon upon us, make sure your heating system is running at its maximum efficiency. Doing a simple heating system tune-up yourself improves its efficiency, resulting in significant annual cost savings. However, don’t skip your … [Read more...]

Legislation Would Strengthen Tie Between Our Peninsulas

By Craig Borr, CEO at Michigan Electric Cooperative Association The Mackinac Bridge opened to vehicle traffic between the upper and lower peninsulas nearly 60 years ago. To this day, it continues to be a vital commercial link, as well as a symbol of … [Read more...]

Tips for Building a Strong, Efficient Home

There are new home construction methods available that are much stronger and efficient than typical insulated, wood framing. Some of these methods could more than double the insulation value of typical framed walls. For a wood-framed house, use … [Read more...]

Efficient Indoor Lighting for Your Home

People often wonder which type of lighting to use in their home with all the choices on the market today. It is important to know the differences between the options available. The wattage of a light bulb refers to how much electricity it consumes, not … [Read more...]